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Apr 02

The Outdoor Event Season is Upon Us

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM by Mayor Kaptain

With winter behind us, the community is anxious to hear about the many events, concerts and festivals being planned for the summer season.  In addition to the five large city festivals (Valley Fox Trot, 4th of July Parade, Art and Soul on the Fox, International Fest and Nightmare on Chicago Street), the city also hosts Concerts in the Park at Wing Park and Movies in the Park at Festival Park throughout the summer. Our staff is busy again this year, planning a spectacular lineup of events that will offer something for all ages.

In addition to city events, many other special events are hosted by local groups and businesses throughout the summer months. Some groups host walks or races along the bike path, or novelty events such as the annual Historic Housewalk or Cemetery Walk. Others host more traditional festivals with food, beer and music as fundraisers for local charities.

This year, we are especially excited to have the Grand Victoria Casino expand on their concert series that they began in 2013. After a very successful season last year, they plan to bring even more concerts to Festival Park, providing a wide variety of styles of music and entertainment, from Symphony to Country and Western. We are thrilled to see Festival Park being used for the purpose for which it was built. The City of Elgin is partnering with the GVC on the 4th of July to bring fireworks back to the riverfront immediately following their concert that night.  We hope that our residents come together along the riverfront to celebrate with us that evening.

Above and beyond just providing a “good time”, special events are an integral part of economic development for Elgin and for any community. Special events attract our own residents and people from other communities to Elgin, where they spend their money in our restaurants and businesses. Events also give us the opportunity to showcase our community in a new light to people who perhaps have never been here or have old perceptions of downtown Elgin. Either way, physically bringing people to our community helps create a positive image and a “buzz” about Elgin.

Elgin can truly be credited as the “City in the Suburbs” when it comes to events and culture. The Artspace project, Hemmens Cultural Center, and the Elgin Art Showcase as well as groups such as ESO, EYSO and Janus Theater are some prime examples of our regional leadership in the arts. Through the arts, Elgin is attracting new arts-based businesses and younger residents, helping to revitalize our downtown area.

I hope you will all come out to our events this summer and enjoy the vast array of activities right here in your own community!


Choose Dupage
April 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM
So good to finally have some nicer weather and with that some outdoor events to look forward to! Thanks for sharing!
david baum
April 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM
now that the weather is warmer maybe you can get public works fixing the potholes so we can get to these events without needing four wheel drive
Mayor Kaptain
April 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Mr. Baum- I encourage you to follow the City on Facebook or Twitter, were updates are given on issues such as filling potholes. Public Works crews spent most of March and the beginning of April filling potholes with temporary filler, until the asphalt plants opened for the season. If you know of a specific area that still needs attention, please call 311 in Elgin and submit a case with the specifics for the city to address. You can also email the information to to open a case. Thanks for being an additional set of eyes for the City of Elgin.
david baum
May 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM
i did that many,many times with no action.i have even had the city engineers out to look at the street,called your office,dan rich's office all to be put on the back burner.i think i pay enough in taxes that i do not have to drive down a street in such bad condition.i invite you to drive down foxmoor lane on the "forgotten side " of elgin and look for yourself

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